What a crazy week in the world of campaign finance reform!
Although the political world is usually focused on politicians, major donors of President Donald Trump were the buzz of the news cycle.
This all began with Texas Representative Joaquin Castro tweeting about San Antonians who contributed the maximum personal contribution allowed by the FEC.
When asked to defend his tweet, Castro stated: “We patronize these places, and they’re giving their money to this guy who’s taking their money and using it to buy Facebook ads talking about how Hispanics are invading this country… We saw the cost of that in El Paso over the weekend. People died.”
Soon thereafter, people learned of tonight’s planned fundraiser for President Trump at billionaire Stephen Ross’ home in the Hamptons. For $100,000, donors can have their picture taken with Trump; for $250,000, they will have a seat at a roundtable discussion with him.
People quickly began talking on social media about boycotting SoulCycle and Equinox Fitness, two companies owned by Ross.
SoulCycle tweeted to inform the public that they “in no way endorse the political fundraising event.” According to our app, however, by way of SoulCycle’s senior employees, they support Republicans 65% of the time and have a combined contribution level that is classified as “Very High.”
In the aftermath, many competitors of SoulCycle have made statements about their politics, such as Flywheel Sports and Tracy Anderson.
This conversation about SoulCycle has been a sign that people are becoming more and more aware of where their money goes, and want to be sure that they are supporting brands and companies that align with their politics. This is why Goods Unite Us is so important – we make it easy for you to see where your money is going and how to put your money where your vote is!